Mixed Windows XP and Windows Vista Network

I have had the pleasure of recieving a free copy of Windows Vista Business thanks to my university’s MSDN AA program. Last weekend I thought I would take the plunge and install the thing, alongside XP so I could still dual boot and use XP when needed.

Most things seem to be running quite smoothly in Vista, albeit slightly differently to XP. I have a few shared folders in XP which serve as place for family members to share and swap files over our network. With Windows XP users have never had any trouble connecting to my machine. This has all changed with Windows Vista however. When I first created the same shares in Windows Vista the other XP machines were unable to connect to the Vista shares. Each time it was asking for a user name and password. This was quite frustrating as when you install Vista it never asks you to setup any user accounts with passwords.

The final solution to the problem is to create a new user on the Vista machine. The user does not need to have administrative privileges but must have a password. Once this is done your XP machines should be able to connect to the Vista shares using the user name and password that you just created. This could become frustrating but thankfully you are able to save the user name and password in XP so each time you connect to the share in Vista from then on you no longer need to put in these details.

I hope you find this information useful and that it saves you a few headaches. I know I spent a few hours trying to find away around this problem. I take it the requirements for a password is part of Microsoft’s attempt to up security in Windows Vista.

Blogging from Live Writer (Beta)

It seems Microsoft really is trying to embrace the blogging phenomenon. Althought Live Writer has been out for a few months now, I thought I might actually give it a try. So far so good, despite there being little to no information on setting up Live Writer with a custom WordPress installation.

The list of supported blogs is quite extensive; Windows Live Space, WordPress.com, Typepad, Blogger, LiveJournal, Movable Type, WordPress Custom Installation, Radio Userland, Community Server, dasBlog as well as any other custom made blogs that utilise the Metaweblog API or Movable Type API are all supported.

The ability to insert links and pictuers is also painless. It’s all done with the click of a button, with a WYSIWYG interface. So far this programme seems more complete then the blogging featuers in Microsoft Word 2007 Beta. The ability to save blog entries as drafts will also come in handy for some, especially those who might be traveling but are unable to connect up to the Internet for a period of time. I suggest anyone that is into blogging give this software a try. It’s really nice to finally see some innovative and useful tools come out of Microsoft.

Blogging from Word 2007

Now this is a very cool feature. I am really impressed with Office 2007 so far, apart from a few small bugs and freezes, the application has come a very long way since XP and 2003. I see it as a worth upgrade. Of course I have just written and published this post using Word 2007 – it’s really just feature packed and the new interface is amazing.

If you would like to download and trial Office 2007 Beta, head to the Microsoft Office 2007 Beta Preview site.